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Roger tested to the limit

16.06.2006 | Tennis

Roger had to show his very best tennis today to reach the semi-finals in Halle. He saved a total of five match points before edging past Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-7, 7-6 and 7-6 in 2 hours 46 minutes today.

 

Unbeaten on grass since losing to Mario Ancic in the first round of Wimbledon in 2002, Roger was given a real fright in the second set tiebreak. Rochus twice came within a point of chalking up a memorable win after winning the first set tiebreak 7-2.

 

After staving off the danger, Roger took the tiebreak 11-9 on his third set point to level the match after one hour and 51 minutes. Rochus refused to wilt under pressure and went 4-2 up in the third until Roger finally produced the goods to keep alive his hopes of a fourth successive title here by winning the tiebreak 7-5. The result left the triple Wimbledon champion just two matches away from equalling Bjorn Borg's 41 consecutive wins on grass.

 
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06/17/2006 | 08:02 PM
Dear Roger,

We think that you have shown magnificent heart and character this week at Halle after such a loss at Roland Garros. You have not shirked any challenge in you career. you have met all comers and took them on and we don't think the criticism
06/17/2006 | 07:10 PM
Congratulations Rogi!!!!!!!!!!!
One more match and the fourth consecutive title and Borg´s record will be yours!!!
I hope you will be strong enough to beat berdych,a player with a strong forehand but very slow,if you move him from side to side on the co
06/17/2006 | 06:31 PM
Well done!! Another final for you.Good Luck and Best Of Everything!
06/17/2006 | 05:43 PM
i known you will dominate on grass. but i am a little worried cause you seem did not play your best tennis the last two weeks.
Wimbledon is coming soon. best wish to you!!!
i know you will shine all the way through to the championship!!
06/17/2006 | 05:38 PM
Dear Roger,
Good luck for a final tomorrow. Do your best. Then have a very good rest because a big event, Wimbledon, is now waiting for you. Best Wishes, Dear Champ.
06/17/2006 | 05:37 PM
Come on Roger...grass is your surface...you're the king...GOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:))
06/17/2006 | 05:30 PM
Roger,

Congrats on beating Haas. You're pushing your body and mind to the limit, and that's because tennis history awaits you.

Refresh your mind tonight, and be ready to retrieve Berdych's serve so you can establish your transition game from defense
06/17/2006 | 05:11 PM
Fed,
Congrats on your win!!! I know you will win the final!!
See you at Wimbledon!!
Julia
06/17/2006 | 05:02 PM
Isn't it PATHETIC that Roger's official site team hasn't posted his semi victory at Halle, more than two hours after the match?????
06/17/2006 | 04:49 PM
congrats
well deserved
wish i could ahve watched it:)
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